Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Easter Bunny Came Early This Year

This year the Easter bunny came early! (and during nap time instead of over night...)

We will not all be together next weekend for Easter, so we decided to do Vander's Easter basket a week early.

Originally, Dylan got a great deal on a plane ticket to Omaha to go visit his friends and family. When we both go, we end up running around a lot since we both have family there, so I figured Dylan should go for a long weekend by himself. Right after we bought the tickets, Dylan's parents were in town and suggested Vander go with him since it is free for him to fly along. I said that was fine since Easter doesn't mean a whole lot to us, just a big family brunch.  Not that it is overly important in Dylan's family either, but they won't have seen him since Thanksgiving. Since that decision, my sister bought a house in Billings, so I am going to drive up with my parents to see her and her new house. I am super sad she doesn't get to see him, but she has seen him more recently than most of Dylan's family and she will get to see him a lot in May. I am also super sad to not see Vander for five days, but I am glad I will be distracted by my sister.

As a result, we decided to do Vander's Easter basket this weekend. 

Vander legitimately posed like this all on his own before digging into his basket!

Shaking things is his favorite
I love this photo!

Do you think he was teething?!

Have a great Easter everyone!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Vander's First Easter Basket

I had so much fun building Vander's First Easter basket! While those of you who know Dylan and I, we are not especially religious. We actually discussed it and decided to still do the whole Easter thing, under the context that it is a celebration os Spring. Once Vander gets older, we will definitely make sure he understands the Christian aspect of Easter as well, but for the most part it is a celebration of new life and the changing of the seasons.

Let me show you Vander's basket!

Step 1: Get a basket! We got ours at Pottery Barn.

Step 2: Add filler. We went with alphabet word blocks instead of using grass or some other filler.

Step 3: Add toys. We went with splash balls that he can play with in the bath tub.

Step 4: Add snacks/treats and add eggs. I found these sports themed Easter eggs at Toys R Us and added yogurt melts, Annie's white cheddar crackers, Earth's Best sweet potato pops and Earth's Best smiley grahams.

Step 5: Add books. We figured we want to have something educational in his basket each year.

Step 6: Add clothes. Especially at Vander's age and ever growing size, we need new clothes! I found some cheap sandals and we wanted to get him some Rockies gear for the summer.

Step 7: Add adorable stuffed animals (besides the main bunny). I absolutely fell in love with these new "Itty Bitty" stuffed animals I found at Hallmark! I seriously plan to go back and buy all of them.

Step 8: Add the annual bunny. I found this adorable bunny at Hallmark. I looked at Toys R Us and there were no options. I asked my mom and she suggested Hallmark. Apparently that is where my first bunny came from and I held on to that thing until I was 9 (and still have it in my save box in my basement in fact). So that put a lot of pressure on the first Easter rabbit!

I think it turned out absolutely perfect :) So stinking cute and fun!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ten Months

Vander turned ten months old yesterday!
Vander is still right at 22 pounds (although he did have a stomach bug this weekend, so that may be a little skewed) and he is about 30.5 inches long/tall.

New skills this month include waving and clapping, which he definitely does a lot. He can also used a straw, which is very exciting since now he can get his own drinks when we go out to eat.

Vander is getting closer to walking, but not there yet. His girlfriend at daycare started walking about two weeks ago, so that renewed his interest in it. He will stand on his own for a couple seconds and he is getting better at waking with you only holding one hand. I am excited for him to be toddling around soon!
Vander has started sharing with people. Namely food he has already half chewed or a toy he just had in his mouth, but sharing is good.
He is chatting more and more. We have our B, D, M, N and O down for sure, with come A/E noises and L added to the B ("blah blah blah", so cute!). Vander has said "mama" and "dada" discrimately quite a few times. We have had a couple "hi"s and he just added "uh oh" which is of course super adorable.
The "uh oh" goes perfect and probably comes from when someone builds a tower and he comes over and knocks it down. Keeps him entertained for a good while and it is fun to race against him.
Vander got tooth number eight this month. It was definitely rough compared to teeth five through seven. He also started using a toothbrush. No toothpaste, just trying to get him used to it. Dylan and I definitely need to start being more consistent on it before bedtime.
Speaking of bed, Vander was a really great sleeper this month! He went like three weeks straight is sleeping through the night. He has gotten up the last few nights, so I am not worried about jinxing us this time.
This month's Vander adventures included a first haircut...

Swim lessons all month long...

Saint Patrick's Day...

Vander is so much fun! His face it getting more expressive, which is very entertaining. He is totally fearless though. He will attempt to crawl off of and over anything and everything. Keep us busy for sure!
He is such a cutie pie :)
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